Undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has labeled the July 14 clash between British rivals David Haye and Dereck Chisora a ‘Freak show’. Klitschko, who easily out-pointed Haye last July also said he thought the fight ‘was a complete disgrace to the sport and to the fans as well’.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Klitschko said: "It’s a freak show with freak rules. To give a license to man who is a complete disgrace to the sport, and to the fans aswell.
"To get a license from Luxembourg... I’m not getting. It’s actually a slap in the face of the British Board of Boxing.” Klitschko was referring to the fight being fought on British soil and licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control withdrew Chisora’s license after he brawled with Haye at the Vitali Klitschko vs Chisora post fight press Conference in Germany back in February.
Klitschko continued: "I just don’t understand how you can make such an event with a man who has [threatened David Haye’s life] - it doesn’t do well for the fans, for the sport... I just don’t understand how the fight is happening on British soil. It’s totally idiotic, actually.
"This is actually motivation for other boxer’s like Chisora to just do whatever they want."
Meanwhile, both Haye and Chisora met up for the first time since their infamous unscheduled brawl at a press conference at West Ham’s soccer ground earlier today.
Speaking about their upcoming July 14 clash at the press conference in the presence of a heavy security presence Haye said; "He is the ideal opponent for me.
"I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn’t have a good chin he would be blasted out in first round. This means I will give him a nice, slow, concussive beating.
"I tried to knock him out in Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up."
Chisora, not to be outdone responded by saying: "I don’t like him. David, you need to get style. Your corn rows are out of fashion.
"Talk is cheap now. That was a lucky shot he hit me with in Munich.
"David: you are winning 1-0 but come July I am coming to whoop your ass.
"Your talk is cheap. You always talk but you don’t deliver in the ring."
Chisora also revealed that he saw Haye in London a few weeks ago, stating: "I saw David Haye a couple of weeks(ago) and he pulled a knife.
Haye was quick to reply by saying: "I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant."
Promoter of the event Frank Warren defended his decision to stage the fight under the Luxembourg Boxing Federation by saying:"This is not the end of British boxing.
"I believe it will be a sell out, a huge event. There are far, far worse things happening in sport than what’s happening here.
"No charges have been made against Haye or Dereck for what happened in Munich.
"The hearing was put back to July so Dereck will have effectively been out of the ring for six months and that equates, if he was a footballer, to being out of action for 24 matches," Warren added.
"He has lost half of his purse in sanctions and costs since the Klitschko(Vitali) fight.
"He has no qualifications, the next thing for him to do would be to sign on.
"He is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licensed by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control.
"It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead."
Meanwhile the British Boxing Board of Control General secretary Robert Smith confirmed the BBBofC will meet on Wednesday to discuss their options on the matter.
In a statement Smith confirmed: "We’re having a meeting tomorrow and we’ll put word out then.
"We’re obviously not happy about it as it’s not what we feel should happen. Another country has come into our jurisdiction and overruled us."
May 8, 2012